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Top CEOs and Other Executives Gather in Miami to Address Economic Crisis, Alternative Energy, Health Care and More

CORAL GABLES, Fla., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the wake of the historic economic crisis and just days before the new administration takes its place in Washington, leading CEOs and other thought leaders will gather at the University of Miami to address the financial crisis, along with energy demand, health care, the environment and other issues related to global connectivity. The University of Miami Global Business Forum, presented by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and organized by the University's School of Business Administration, will be held January 15 and 16, 2009 on the University's main campus on Coral Gables.

The scheduled keynote speakers include Michael L. Ducker, president, International of FedEx Express, Alberto Ibarguen, president and chief executive of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Muhtar Kent, president and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa, former president of U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Arun Sarin, former CEO, Vodafone Group, Donna E. Shalala, president of the University of Miami and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Jim Skinner, vice chairman and CEO of McDonald's Corporation, and Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric Company.

"As the world continues to shrink, the opportunities to become a player in the global arena increase," said Shalala. "Our University is uniquely positioned to bring together the best minds around to share ideas on global connectivity and what it means to our businesses, health care and research, the arts, education, communication and our future lives."

Over the course of two days, the Forum will present more than a dozen panel sessions focusing on issues ranging from the global financial crisis and alternative energy to health care, the environment, sustainable urbanism, women in leadership, and the developing economies of Latin America and Asia. These sessions also feature top executives from leading organizations and other thought leaders on global connectivity.

"What better place to host a Global Business Forum than the University of Miami," said Barbara Kahn, dean of the School of Business Administration. "The Forum's remarkable line up of visionary speakers, along with the participation of schools from across the university, presents an unprecedented opportunity for our alumni and members of the wider business community to exchange ideas and share strategies for harnessing enhanced global connectivity for the benefit of both business and humankind."

"This conference will provide insight into critical economic, social and environmental issues and access to leaders who are doing something about them. It also showcases the University of Miami's impressive range and depth of talent," said Alberto Ibarguen, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Forum's presenting sponsor.

The title sponsor for the Forum is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Inc. Other sponsors include Bank of America, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, TotalBank, Blackline Systems, FedEx Express, the University of Miami Citizens Board, The Jeffrey Group, The Miami Herald, Poder magazine, and WorldCity Business magazine. More information and online registration is available at

NOTE TO EDITORS: Members of the media wishing to cover the Global Business Forum may apply for credentials at

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes journalism excellence worldwide and invests in the vitality of communities in the United States where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers. Knight Foundation invests in ideas and projects that can lead to transformational change. For more, visit

About the University of MiamiSchool of Business Administration

The University of Miami School of Business Administration is a leading business school, offering undergraduate business, full-time MBA, Executive MBA, MS, PhD and non-degree executive education programs. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Miami, the School is located in a major hub of international trade and commerce and acclaimed for the global orientation and diversity of its faculty, students and curriculum. The School delivers its programs at its main campus in Coral Gables as well as at locations across Florida and abroad. More information about the University of Miami School of Business can be found at

The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University's mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives.

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